Drones Used To Light Up The Night Sky


The use of drones is commonplace in 2021, with many practical applications for unmanned flying machines around the globe.

Consumer drone shipments are expected to reach 29 million in 2021, according to Businessinsider.com, making them as much a part of everyday life as cars, bikes and planes. As such, legislation around drones has increased, as we explained in our recent article ‘New FAA Rules for the Small Drones’. Flying in certain airspace is prohibited, not just here in the United States, but around the world.

So, how are drones being used practically? The list is endless, but sectors such as emergency rescue, military, conservation, disaster relief and disease control have all been positively impacted by the technology. In many industries, the use of drones is becoming commonplace.

One aspect you may not have immediately considered with drones is the scope for creating large displays in the night sky, but twice now in the south China province of Macau, that has been the case. Macau is described as the Vegas of Asia by Poker.org, due to the relaxed gaming laws, multiple casinos and the bright lights that burn deep into the night. Las Vegas is known as the City of Lights, and drones have been used to show Macau in much the same way in the past. In 2019, Macau was quick to trade on the City of Light reference for a momentous celebration.

That was the year that Macau celebrated 20 years since their return to Chinese control, having formerly been a Portuguese territory. As 2019 turned to 2020, they celebrated with a huge light show, which included many prominent landmarks, such as the Venetian Casino, being lit up. The significant moment came when several hundred drones took to the night sky in what is known as a drone swarming performance. They formed several shapes in the sky, including a running man to symbolize forward energy, and a lotus, which features on the flag and emblem of the Macao Special Administrative Region.

That display was topped recently by another in the area, this time in the city of Guangdong close to Macao. On April 19th, an army of 1,000 drones lit up the city in a presentation of traditional Cantonese culture fused with contemporary elements. The focus was not purely on the city of Guangdong though, which is around 60 miles from Macau but on the whole greater bay area. Macau sits to the east of the Zhujiang River Estuary on the South China Sea, Hong Kong to the west and Guangdong City is at the end of the estuary where it becomes the Shizi Ocean. All three share strong links in terms of culture and the light show was a celebration of all things South China, from Macau to Hong Kong and into Guangdong.

Around the world, drones have been used to create wonderful light shows, and China is very much at the forefront of that application of the technology. Indeed, on April 4th this year, The Verge reported that luxury vehicle brand Genesis broke a world record when it used 3,281 drones in a light show in Shanghai, as it celebrated its arrival in China. The record had previously been held by Intel, after they used 1,218 drones to create the Olympic Rings over Pyeongchang, South Korea, for the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Whilst drones are having a positive impact around the world on so many good causes, they also have scope to delight, thrill and enthral when used in tandem as part of scintillating and breathtaking displays.

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